Maritime Festival

AUGUST 12-13, 2017
At Britannia Shipyards
Richmond, B.C. Canada
Saturday: 11am-7pm & Sunday: 11am-5pm
Presenting Sponsor Presenting Sponsor: Port Metro Vancouver

Hands on Creative Fun

The festival is not only held on a wonderful heritage site, but is decorated with handmade colourful flags, sails for shade, giant origami swans, a school of red fish and lots more maritime and wooden boat demo’s and displays.



Children’s Wooden Boat Building

A festival favourite! Build and decorate your own wooden boat to take home.

Make Your Own Burgee

Sailors delight! Decorate a burgee with your own nautical flare to wave around the festival.

Nautical Nametag Making

Learn the nautical flag alphabet by creating your own maritime nametag!

Fish Row Wharf Village

Richmond is home to the last original and still in use historic fishing villages – come and make a little stilt house with your family and add it to our Fish Row Wharf village at the festival. – Zone 1

Maritime Pop up Puppets

Make a ‘pop-up’ puppet with local puppet maker and puppeteer Beth …who also made Riki the Rat, Mimi the mouse and Tabby the cat for the festival! After you’ve made your maritime character you can take them with you as you visit other areas of the festival. – Zone 2

A Maritime Knit-In

Learn how to knit and help create our beautiful underwater landscape in the shade of a tree by the Fraser River. – Zone 3

Fish Printing

Gyotaku is the traditional Japanese craft of fishermen, making a print from a freshly caught fish. Come make one for yourself… but with a rubber fish! – Zone 3

Nets, Knots and Floats

Do you know how to make fishing nets or tie special sailors knots? Come and learn how and see all the different types of materials used to make floats for the fishing nets. – Zone 5 – Seine Net Loft

Paddle Painting

Canoes used for fishing, hunting, transportation on river or sea voyages are all propelled through the water by paddles. Come and contribute in helping paint giant paddles with contemporary indigenous artist Haisla Collins. – Zone 6

Mere Phantoms

In honour of Canada 150 we are excited to be hosting two award winning innovators in shadow play from Montreal. They will create an interactive Shadow Sculpture, with an underwater and maritime theme. Create your own addition or just explore the sculpture through light. – Zone 12 – Chinese Bunkhouse

Coracle Weaving

Learn how a traditional coracle (woven, single person water craft) is made from locally grown basket maker’s willow. These vessels are still used though out the UK and part of Asia today. – Zone 6 – Murakami Boatworks

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